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Obituaries

Grace (Nutt) Smith

SHARON — Grace (Nutt) Smith passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2019, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, surrounded by family and friends. 

She was born on May 27, 1942, to the late Jean (Taylor) and Vincent A. Nutt in Burlington, Vt. It was in the halls of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village that she met Ray Smith in 1958, whom she would marry after graduating from Albertus Magnus College in 1964. Grace and Ray would have celebrated 55 wonderful years of marriage this September. 

Patrick Hobart Hare

CORNWALL — Patrick Hobart Hare died peacefully April 11, 2019, after a long series of illnesses. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing.

Pat was born on Long Island, N.Y., on Nov 22, 1941. His parents, Montgomery Hare and Mary Sturgess Hare, moved the family to Cornwall when Pat was an infant.

He attended Cornwall Consolidated School, Rumsey Hall School, Groton, Dartmouth,the Southern Illinois University (SIU), where he received a degree in design, and the University of Edinburgh, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning.

Kenneth H. Knapp

CLINTON, N.Y. — Kenneth H. Knapp, 77, passed away as a result of an unfortunate accident on April 10, 2019.  

He was born on Nov. 27, 1941, in Rhinebeck, the son of Mable (Plankenhorn) and Harold Knapp. 

He and his two children are all alumni of SUNY Cobleskill. 

Mr. Knapp was the Superintendent of Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake in Verbank, N.Y. 

He proudly served his country with the United States Army in the Military Police during the Korean War. 

Lawrence Farnham

MILLERTON — Lawrence Farnham, who was born April 30, 1958, died suddenly on Dec. 8, 2018. 

Carol O’Hall

KENT — Carol O’ Hall, 82 of Kent died March 30, 2019. She was the loving wife of Walter C. Hall for 62 years.  

Carol was born April 9, 1936 in Calais, Maine, the daughter of William and Marie (Watson) O’Brien. 

She graduated from Housatonic Valley Region High School in 1954, and married Walter on May 19, 1956.  

Herbert Gilbert Day Jr.

MILLERTON — Herbert Gilbert Day Jr., 86, of Millerton, beloved husband of Evelyn (Silvernale) Day, passed away on March 22, 2019, from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease at Noble Horizons Nursing Home in Salisbury, surrounded by his loving family. 

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Oct. 10, 1932, he was the son of the late Blanche (Seaman) and Herbert Day.

Herbert graduated from the Oak Wood School in Poughkeepsie and completed a degree in photography at RIT in Rochester, N.Y.

Caroline Ann (Swenson) Paton

SHARON — Caroline Ann (Swenson) Paton, 86, of Sharon died on March 18, 2019. She was born on Aug. 31, 1932.

She was a singer of traditional and contemporary folk songs with a bright, beautiful voice, an amazing recall of lyrics and a talent for harmony. She would often sing a cappella or accompany herself on the Appalachian dulcimer or the autoharp. 

Janette Adaline Finkle

PINE PLAINS — Janette Adaline Finkle, 89, a long-time resident of Pine Plains, died on March 28, 2019, at the Regional Hospice in Danbury, Conn. She had been living with her daughter and family in Bethel, Conn., for the past three years.

Mrs. Finkle was born March 7, 1930,  in South Attleboro, Mass., the daughter of the late Omer Charpentier and Ethel (Charpentier) Wheeler. 

Richard E. Valentine

CRARYVILLE, N.Y.  —  Richard E. Valentine, 89, passed away on March 17, 2019, at Kimball Farms in Lenox, Mass.

He was born on April 6, 1929, in Bronx, N.Y., the son of Agnes (Kaminski) and Edward Valentine.

He proudly served his country with the United States Army.

Richard was a manager for IBM in Fishkill, N.Y.

He was a longtime member of the Craryville Fire Company, well into his 80s.  He also enjoyed driving new cars for dealerships.  

Mary Elizabeth Manning

LAKEVILLE — Mary Elizabeth Manning, 85, a lifelong area resident, died peacefully on March 15, 2019, at Hartford Hospital following a brief illness. 

Mary worked for many years as a bookkeeper for The Woodland Restaurant in Lakeville  and for the Shell gas station in Lakeville prior to her retirement in 2000.

Born July 1, 1933, in Sharon, she was the daughter of the late Mary H. (McLain) and George E. Barton. She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School.